Newark Airport Shuts 1 of 3 Runways for Repaving and New Taxiways in $100 Million Project

Bad Weather During Project Will Lead to Significant Delays

By Paul Riegler on 18 April 2014
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United aircraft at the gate in Newark

United aircraft at the gate in Newark

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that it has shut down one of Newark Liberty International Airport’s two main runways for repaving and the creation of four new taxiways.

One of the new taxiways will allow incoming aircraft to exit the runway and get to a gate faster, while the other three will allow multiple planes to stage for departure at the end of the runway, thereby reducing takeoff delays.

The work, which is being scheduled not to interfere with the busy summer travel season, will take over two months and the construction started at the beginning of April.  Additional finishing work will be undertaken in September.

Newark Liberty International Airport has two parallel runways, 4R-22L and 4L-22R, and a crosswind runway, 11-29.

The runway that is being overhauled is 4L-22R, which is 11,000 feet (3,353 meters) long.  It handles approximately 200,000 flights annually.  In addition to the repaving, the runway will get new electrical and lighting systems.  It was last repaved in 2003.  Runway 11-29, the shorter runway, is about 6,800 feet (2,073 meters) long, has less-sophisticated lighting systems, and is mainly used as a backup.

Delays are already starting to mount.  Earlier this week on Tuesday, when bad weather hit the New York metropolitan area, only 38% of arrivals were on time.  Over 200 flights in and out of the airport were cancelled according to FlightStats, a flight tracking service.

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